Japanese Voters Head To The Polls

Japanese voters head to the polls

Japanese voters are electing new governors, mayors and local lawmakers across the country on Sunday. For national parties, it's an opportunity to build momentum as they prepare for Upper House elections this summer.

Polling stations opened at 7 AM. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito are hoping for big wins so they can continue pursuing their political agenda.

Voters Across Japan Head To The Polls

Voters across Japan head to the polls

People across Japan are heading to the polls on Sunday to elect governors, mayors and local lawmakers. For national parties, it's an opportunity to fortify their base in the lead up to Upper House elections this summer.

Polling stations began opening at 7 a.m. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito are hoping for big wins to ensure their political agenda maintains momentum. But opposition parties see Sunday's vote as an opportunity to chip away at the ruling bloc.

Voters Across Japan Get Set To Cast Ballots

Voters across Japan get set to cast ballots

People across Japan are heading to the polls on Sunday to elect governors, mayors and local lawmakers.

For national parties, it's an opportunity to fortify their base in the lead up to Upper House elections this summer.

Voters In Disaster-hit Areas Take Hard Glance At Election Candidates

Voters in disaster-hit areas take hard glance at election candidatesAs Japan gears up for a general election one year and nine months after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that triggered the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, voters in disaster-hit areas are scrutinizing candidates' campaign remarks and appearances in the hardest-hit areas.